Micro- and nanobiotechnology


This research activity aims at developing new technologies, devices and platforms aiming at the early diagnosis and development of personalized medical treatments for different pathologies (oncological, neurodegenerative, inflammatory, ...). The activity will be focused on several aspects ranging from the development of new materials and devices to the design of new methods for the study and analysis of biomarkers, starting from liquid biopsy, serum or plasma. The realized prototypes will be finalized as advanced technological tools like (i) Lab on Chip devices to support early diagnosis through the purification and identification of specific markers at low concentrations, (ii) 3D structured polymeric devices to support the development of in vitro biological models (organ-on-chip, microfluidic barrier models, 3D bioprinted models, ...) for pharmacological screening capable of emulating the cellular and structural complexity of the pathological environment, (iii) microsensors for the detection of biomarkers under different physiological conditions.

ERC sectors 

  • PE3_1 Structure of solids, material growth and characterisation
  • PE3_3 Transport properties of condensed matter
  • PE3_4 Electronic properties of materials, surfaces, interfaces, nanostructures
  • PE3_5 Semiconductors and insulators: material growth, physical properties
  • PE3_10 Nanophysics, e.g. nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, nanomagnetism, nanoelectromechanics
  • PE4_1 Physical chemistry
  • PE4_4 Surface science and nanostructures
  • PE4_8 Electrochemistry, electrodialysis, microfluidics, sensors
  • PE4_17 Characterisation methods of materials
  • PE5_1 Structural properties of materials
  • PE5_3 Surface modification
  • PE5_4 Thin films
  • PE7_4 (Micro and nano) systems engineering
  • PE7_5 (Micro and nano) electronic, optoelectronic and photonic components


  • Microfluidics
  • Lab-on-chip
  • Organ-on-chip
  • MEMS
  • Microsensors
  • Biosensors
  • Organic transistors
  • Surface functionalization
  • Atomistic simulation
  • Nanomaterials